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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Public Support for Preservation and Restoration of Ventura County's Ormond Wetlands is Needed Now

The Ormond Beach wetland area supports over 200 species of migratory birds, including the endangered California least tern and western snowy plover. This area is renowned for its ecological value, but is still heavily fragmented and hard pressed by development. The lagoon site and surrounding wetlands once totaled 1,000 acres, but now only 250 acres of the original wetlands remain.

The City of Oxnard is conducting environmental review of potential commercial development, light industrial development, and residential development of up to 1200 units in areas that currently support agricultural uses - and are near, or adjacent to, the Ormond wetland area. Development in these areas would further impinge on the already severely diminished wetland area and interfere with efforts to expand and restore the Ormond wetlands.

EDC is representing the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club on this critical coastal issue. Please add your voice to this effort by writing to the City of Oxnard to state your support for the expansion and restoration of the Ormond wetland system and request that the re-circulated Draft Environmental Impact Report include additional alternatives that would reduce or avoid the impacts of development in the Ormond wetland area, including:

--Considering offsite alternatives for project development.
--Setting aside all land in the project area South of Hueneme Rd for resource protection.
--Setting aside all land in the project area North and South of Hueneme Rd. for resource protection

Send comments by 5 pm, Monday September 22 to:

ATTN: Kathleen Mallory
RE: North and South Ormond Beach Recirculated Draft EIR (SCH #2005091094)
City of Oxnard
Planning Division
214 S. C St.
Oxnard, CA 93030
FAX 805-385-7417

For more information see the City of Oxnard's website at: esourceID=364

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